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  • Stephen Murray: “We need to educate people and let them know they have a voice.”

    Stephen Murray: “We need to educate people and let them know they have a voice.”

    Stephen Murray is interested in making sure the economy works for hard-working people, and he's starting where he lives and works in Houston, Texas. Stephen works as a security officer at the Criminal Justice Center and Wilson Building, monitoring the front entrances and directing people who come into the buildings. Read his story and learn why he is working with his coworkers toward better training, wages and healthcare in the security industry.

     
  • Joshua Rojas: “It’s a day-by-day existence and forming a union can change that.”

    Joshua Rojas: “It’s a day-by-day existence and forming a union can change that.”

    Joshua Rojas works the overnight shift at the Harris County Probation Office in Houston, Texas as a security officer. His role is vital -- he monitors the front entrance, watching everyone who enters and leaves the building, including prisoners who are turning themselves in. In spite of the important role Joshua plays in keeping Houston safe, he is currently paid less $17,000 a year by his employer. On a salary barely above the poverty level for a family of two, Joshua supports himself and his ill mother.

     
  • Sharon Robertson: “We need to care for one another.”

    Sharon Robertson: “We need to care for one another.”

    Sharon Robertson is a full-time security officer at the Metro Rail Operation Center. Her job is to keep Houston safe. She has responded to emergency situations, and she knows that a few minutes can be the difference between life and death. Read Sharon's story to hear why she is working toward a better security industry.

     
  • Janet Brown: “I’m organizing with my co-workers to bring respect and accountability to my job.”

    Janet Brown: “I’m organizing with my co-workers to bring respect and accountability to my job.”

    Janet Brown works as a security officer at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Despite working for the same private security company for the past 8 years, she has only received a 2 dollar increase in her wages, while experiencing a lack of respect from management. Read her personal story and learn why she is working to improve standards in the security industry for her family and her community.

     
  • Mike Delgado: “They need to respect us, and they won’t unless we stand together.”

    Mike Delgado: “They need to respect us, and they won’t unless we stand together.”

    Mike Delgado is a security officer in the Silicon Valley area. Read Mike's personal story and hear why he's working towards improving his job in the security industry, including the need for better equipment to keep officers and the public safe and affordable quality healthcare.

     
  • Kobra Oden: “We work hard keeping Philadelphia safe…”

    Kobra Oden: “We work hard keeping Philadelphia safe…”

    Kobra Oden is a security officer for a private security company, protecting Temple University in Philadelphia. Read her story and hear why she is standing up with her fellow officers for higher wages, affordable healthcare and better training to improve the security industry.

     
  • Pittsburgh City Council Calls for Commission to Address Lack of Good Jobs and Inadequate Training in the City’s Security Industry

    Members of the City Council in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are calling for a new commission to address the need to improve the jobs of hundreds of officers who protect downtown buildings. The decision came after a public hearing held last week at which local security officers spoke about problems plaguing the security industry. The proposed commission would include members of city and county councils, firefighters and community leaders.

     
  • Philadelphia Community Leaders Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Stand Up For Economic Justice in the Security Industry

    At a rally held in Philadelphia on Martin Luther King Day, elected leaders and community members joined security officers to kick off a new effort to improve standards in Philadelphia's security industry. More than 200 supporters gathered to discuss how better security jobs and greater public safety can help communities struggling in a poor economy.

     
  • Community Rallies for Better Jobs and Public Safety in Jersey City

    Community Rallies for Better Jobs and Public Safety in Jersey City

    Security officers and community leaders came together in Jersey City, New Jersey, last week to announce their effort to achieve higher public safety standards while creating better jobs within New Jersey's private security companies. The rally aimed to show how poor standards in the security industry have a direct impact on the city's public safety and economy.

     
  • When Basic Training Isn’t Enough

    When considering three different security officers, one stationed at a federal government building, one at a chemical waste plant and another at a corporate office park, we expect that each officer received additional unique training for their particular worksite. But more often than not, security officers are not given the specialized training they need to adequately protect the public in their individual jobs. A recent article in Security Director News brings these issues to the forefront.